Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran arrives to preside over a ceremony establishing Expeditionary Exploitation Unit ONE, EXU-1, as a stand-alone command onboard Naval Support Facility Indian Head, June 29, 2018. (Photo By: Todd Frantom)

The Navy is in chaos now that the admiral who had been confirmed to lead the service has abruptly announced his retirement for maintaining "a professional relationship" with a former public affairs officer who was investigated for sexually harassing women at a 2016 Christmas party.

Adm. Bill Moran issued a statement saying his decision to decline his appointment as chief of naval operations comes amid, "An open investigation into the nature of some of my personal email correspondence over the past couple of years and for continuing to maintain a professional relationship with a former staff officer, now retired, who had while in uniform been investigated and held accountable over allegations of inappropriate behavior."

Task & Purpose independently verified that the officer in question is retired Cmdr. Chris Servello, who was belatedly removed as the spokesman for CNO Adm. John Richardson, following the Christmas party, at which he allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward three female sailors while he was dressed as Santa Claus. The episode has become known as the "Bad Santa" incident.

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Unless you've been living in a parallel dimension, you probably have noticed the Navy is constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons.

If all of the military services were baseball teams, the Navy would be the 1962 Mets – a team so bad that columnist Jimmy Breslin wrote a book about them called, "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?"

The gaffe-prone sea service is still dealing with the uproar caused by media reports on Wednesday that the White House asked the Navy to keep the destroyer USS John S. McCain "out of sight" during President Donald Trump's recent visit to Japan.

Navy officials initially reacted to the news stories by issuing non-denial denials, but two days after the story broke Navy spokesman Rear Adm. Charlie Brown finally acknowledged on Friday: "A request was made to the U.S. Navy to minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain, however, all ships remained in their normal configuration during the president's visit."

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The Navy is once again publicly blaming the former captain of the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald for the June 2017 collision with a merchant ship that killed seven sailors, according to attorneys for Cmdr. Bryce Benson.

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And he’s outta here: The Navy’s senior enlisted leader is retiring amid an investigation into allegations that he is an abusive boss and a bad leader.

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After shortening permanent change of station notice for sailors and their families to just eight weeks, the Navy has requested additional funding to lengthen that time to up to six months.

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You know how every so often you’ll stumble across some ridiculous nostalgia bait like “50 Child Stars You Forgot Existed” in your Facebook News Feed? It happens to us all the time, and it got us thinking: what have all our favorite generals been up to since the Global War on Terror began?

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